Organizational Legacy: A History of Service
Early Humanitarian Projects
Since our founding in 1971, the Himalayan Institute has undertaken numerous humanitarian projects around the world. Much of its early work focused on supporting schools, libraries, and hospitals in India and Nepal. Hallmarks in the Institute’s humanitarian service include:
- Founding the Hansda Ashram in Nepal (1982)
- The Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust, Medical College, Nursing School, and Rural Development Institute in Dehra Dun, India (1987)
- India Earthquake Relief (1991-1992)
- The Himalayan Institute Indian Chapter in Allahabad, India (1997)
Other charitable services include scholarships for educational programs at the Institute’s headquarters.
Community Center Model
Since 2007, the Sacred Link initiatives for economic and educational development, energy farming, and rural empowerment have continued to unfold, developing into the Himalayan Institute Community Center model. The Community Center is now the main vehicle for the Institute’s humanitarian efforts abroad.
Our most active Community Center today is Himalayan Institute Cameroon, which serves over 50,000 members of the local community in Kumbo, Cameroon.
Sacred Link—The Healing Revolution
Since 2001, our humanitarian activities have expanded with the launch of Sacred Link—The Healing Revolution, uniting the Institute’s core mission of personal development and our vision for social and environmental renewal. With the dual purposes of “Healing the Heart” and “Healing the Planet,” the Sacred Link initiatives included:
- Support for community programs in India that promote literacy and prison reform*
- Support for schools in underprivileged communities in India to fight illiteracy
- Preservation of indigenous culture by sponsoring the translation of Sanskrit scriptures and support for traditional arts and crafts
- Biofuel development in southern India in conjunction with Roshini Biotech for reforestation, soil conservation, and rural economic development
- BioVedic farming at the Himalayan Institute headquarters to reintroduce the Vedic method of organic farming, ayurvedic pharmacology and processing of herbs, and medicinal and spiritual applications of herbs
*For books on this subject, please see It’s Always Possible and Shadows in Cages.
Our global humanitarian mission is the transformation of rural communities. Working with strong local partners, our multifaceted programs address root problems with integrated sustainable solutions in key areas of education, health care, and economic upliftment.